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Raymond Felton hears boos in Portland, then plays like he was still a Blazer

Mar 15, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

Felton shoots during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon Reuters

It was bound to be a rough night for Raymond Felton on his return to Portland — and not because Trail Blazers fans were going to boo him.

Carmelo Anthony, the focus on the Knicks offense, was out getting his knee drained. Tyson Chandler, Felton’s quality pick-and-roll partner, was out with his own sore knee after a collision the night before.

That left Felton and J.R. Smith as the shot creators for the Knicks, and Smith thrived (33 points). But Felton had 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting with just three turnovers.

The kind of numbers a self-admitted out of shape Felton put up after the lockout in Portland last season. Which is why the Blazers fans had venom for him and booed him every time he touched the ball. That didn’t bother Felton, he told the Oregonian and others after the game (see the full interview below).

“It was what I expected,” Felton said. “Some boos — some boos the whole time, actually. It was what I expected. It was funny. It made me laugh. But basically we were trying to get a win tonight.”

Felton became the scapegoat for Blazers fans last season. He earned some of that — both with his play and with how he treated some of the people around him and media — but what happens to scapegoats is things that he had nothing to do with get piled on them. Like the comments that Felton was a bad influence in the locker room. His teammates told that was not the case.

“He was great teammate, great person,” Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews said. “He wasn’t cancerous in the locker room at all. Ray played through a lot of injuries too, because he liked us.

“He could have shut it down. He could have gone into his free agency year and said ‘I’m not going to play unless I’m 100 percent,’ but he didn’t. He was professional about everything. I don’t have anything negative to say about Ray.”

Felton’s put all that behind him and had a solid season with the Knicks. Save for the part where he struggles when all the rest of the scorers are out… but it’s hard to blame him for that. Or the Knicks loss Thursday.

  1. acdc363 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    LOL @ the title

  2. dysraw1 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    not a great night for bullit he among the others,was taken to school by the rookie of the year. and didn’t the most productive night

  3. fnc111 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Why would they boo him? That’s bush league. I get booing Melo in Denver but for a hack that played one year in Portland it’s kinda silly.

    • hannsta - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      First, he showed up to the season way overweight and had career lows in every category. But mainly, reports, true or not, said that he and Jamal Crawford started a mutiny in the locker-room which led to the firing of Nate McMillan and several other front office guys along with an almost complete dismantling of the team. He, fairly or not, took most of the blame for why a pieced together team that looked pretty good on paper, failed. Portland fans are pretty hardcore and after the unfortunate end of the Roy, LA, Oden era an embarrassment of a season needed someone to blame. Its not entirely fair for Felton, but his response to the media(“Maybe they won’t, until I’m coming in on the other end and droppin’ 50 on ’em”) didnt help his case in the fans eyes. I dont personally blame him but it was quite funny and kind of satisfying to see him airball his first 3. In the end Ill take Lillard over him anyday.

      • cmehustle - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        School em big dog!!

  4. jamesinva - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    @fnc111 Because after Portland got him, he came in to camp completely out of shape, played beyond poorly and caused a lot of Losses. As a PG aka the LEADER, you need to do a bit more than show up fat and play horribly. The question you should be asking is “how bad did he play to deserve the boos”.
    I bet you never even saw one game the Blazers played last year with Felton running the point to say such a “silly” comment

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